Welcome to the Sanctuary at Phayartaung
For anyone seeking peace and natural beauty, Inle Sanctuary, Phayartaung offers one of the most breathtaking locations in Myanmar. Our six luxury stilt houses, built on a pier jutting out into the middle of Inle’s three lakes have unrivalled views of the water and surrounding hills.
We are a sustainable ecolodge located by Sakar (or Samkar) Lake, an unexplored lake south of Inle Lake. We are 100% solar powered, source all our food locally, and support development in Phayartaung village, our neighbours.
Inle Sanctuary is three and half hours by boat from Nyaung Shwe (two hours by car ) and can also be reached from Loikaw (one hour by car, then one hour by boat). Its location off the beaten track means you will be guaranteed a peaceful stay in unspoiled natural surroundings.
Each of the lodges has been built to the highest standards using traditional and locally sourced materials such as hardwood and bamboo. Guests can look out over the lake through large picture windows or from loungers on the outside deck. With the lotus filled lake beneath your feet, it is the perfect place to enjoy the scenery at any time of the day. The sunrises and sunsets are stunning and at night the deck is the perfect place to view the stars.
Our Double Rooms
Each lodge is fitted with craftsman built furniture and spacious shower rooms with windows overlooking the lake. Free wifi is provided. The onsite restaurant and bar command fine views over the water.
Our Twin Rooms
We are specialized in local traditional food, we only used the freshest and locally sourced ingredients. All the food is homemade. Breakfast and Dinner are served at the Hotel Dining Room. Besides eating lunch at the hotel, we can also prepare a special picnic for your tour or even bring you to have a traditional style lunch at one of the houses in our village.
1st Option: Myanmar breakfast: fried noodles, fried vermicelli or fried rice with traditional soup.
2nd Option: Eggs prepared to your liking (fried, boiled, omelet or scrambled), served with toast and a fruit jam and butter for spreads.
3rd Option: Pancake with organic honey and seasonal fresh fruit.
Lunch and Dinner
Each day we create a special menu, based on what our chef can source locally. We can prepare for all dietary requirements, so please let us know if you have a preference of pork, beef, chicken, fish (sourced fresh from Inle Lake) or vegetarian dishes.
We are happy to share our recipes, and if you like we can go visit the local market and shop together, and you can experience how the locals do their groceries. (the market tour can be arranged).
** Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or any special request.
Unwind after a day's exploration with a drink from our well stocked bar. Why not try one of our local wines from the Red Mountain or Aythaya Estates?
Our Sanctuary provides you the best experiences and services.
- Traditional local massage
- Fishing class
- Bicycle rental
- One leg-rowing boat class
- Boat ride at the sunset
- Canoeing with the villagers
- Ox cart tour
- Cooking class
Experience the 5-Day Market
One of Inle Region's most popular and picturesque sights is its famous five-day market, so-called as it migrates from one rustic lakeside village to another on a five-day rota system. Local Shan and Inntha people, as well as numerous Pa-O villagers from the surrounding hills, converge to sell their wares and produce.
The market is right beside the lodge, less than one minute's walk!
Phayartaung is a small very rural market and fishing village that holds one of the region's famous 5 day markets. It is home to a very special monastic school where many children from surrounding villages come to learn.
Our village and Samkar Lake is as yet untouched by tourism development, but is a beautiful 3.5 hour boat ride from bustling Nyaungshwe Town. You can connect to Loikaw in Kayah State to explore this amazing country.
To enjoy the beauty and peace that The Inle Sanctuary Phayartaung, can provide you, we recommend to our guests 2 or 3 night’s stay minimum. This way you will fully enjoy what Samkar Lake and its pristine surroundings have to offer.
About Us & What We Do
The Inle Sanctuary is a community supported business providing jobs for local people. Part of the income goes to the local Phayartaung monastery where monks look after over a thousand children. Guests are welcome to visit the monastery and home and, if they wish, help with teaching and other jobs.
Your Host, Aung Min
Hi! I'm Aung Min, your host at the Inle Sanctuary. I'm from the Pa-O ethnic group, one of the many from this region. I'm looking forward to welcoming you to discover this unexplored and beautiful corner of Shan State.
I believe in supporting local communities and sharing the benefits of tourism. In addition to employing all staff from Phayartaung Village, we donate 10% of our income to the monastic school in the village.
Stay Longer, Pay Less!
At Inle Sanctuary Phayartaung, we recommend our guests to stay 2 or 3 nights minimum to be able to fully enjoy what Samkar Lake and its pristine surroundings have to offer.
From 1st October to March 31st
1 night stay: $175*
2 night stay: $155*
3 night stay (and more): $140*
Extra Bed: $90* (only one per room available upon request)
From 1st April to September 30th
1 night stay: $140*
2 night stay: $125*
3 night stay (and more): $115*
Extra Bed: $70* (only one per room available upon request)
* All prices are per night and include: breakfast.
You can reach us either via Inle Lake from the north, or Loikaw in Kayah State from the South. You can either organise yourself, or get in contact with us and we'll arrange for you.
From Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake)
We are located about 3.5 hours by boat from Nyaungshwe Town (which is the main access town for Inle Lake, about 45 minute's taxi ride from Heho Airport). From Nyaungshwe Boat Jetty you can hire a boat to our hotel directly "Phayartaung Sakar Lake". The boat journey passes through bustling Inle Lake, down through the channel that links Inle and Sakar Lakes. It is a beautiful journey that passes numerous villages that see few tourists.
From Loikaw (Kayah State)
We are about 2 hours from Loikaw Airport. Take a car from the Airport or Town to "Pekon Jetty", it's about 1 hour. Then take a boat to "Phayartaung".